Stanley Block Plane Restoration
A couple of days ago I spent some time rehabbing an old block plane that used to sit on the bottom of my steel carpenters box or in my nail bags depending on what I was working on at the time. I was motivated and inspired by fellow LumerJocks Wayne and Matt to pull this plane out and put it to use in the shop. I do not have photos before starting my rehab – maybe a Freudian slip as I would be embarassed to let you guys see how bad this plane looked and my clear disrespect for a valuable tool.
I have read Waynes series Hand Plan Restoration and Hand Plane Reference several times. I keep a series of notes from these blogs on my PDA as a portable reference, hoping that I will stumble upon some keepers when we travel or vistit antique malls.
Matt has a great series on his PodCast at Matt's Basement Workshop.
Thanks for the motivation! I will say I could have used some help with the lapping process – sounds easier when reading about it or listening to Matt while he does the work in his basement!